Rag, Tag and Bobtail

Rag, Tag and Bobtail, 1953

Rag, Tag and Bobtail was a kids TV programme that ran from 1953 to 1965 as the Thursday episode part of the BBC’s now cult Watch With Mother.

Over the twelve years it ran only twenty six 12 minute episodes were made (2 of which were never broadcast).  This was in keeping with other programmes in the series designed to fill a one slot a week covering a six month run.  Shows were then repeated.

Each episode was shot in a single take.




When repeat showings came to an end in December 1965, the show was replaced by Tales Of The Riverbank (moved from its normal Monday slot by Camberwick Green).

All the characters were glove puppets, created and operated by Sam and Elizabeth Williams.


The program was a series of simple stories with no catchphrases.  Stories revolved around the adventure of the three main characters: Rag, a hedgehog, Tag, a mouse and Bobtail, a rabbit.








Puppet Operators

Sam and Elizabeth Williams


Charles E. Stidwell
David Enders
James Urquhart


Channel: BBC
Series Created and Produced By: Freda Ligstorm and David Boisseau
Puppets Created By: Sam and Elizabeth Williams
Scripts Written By: Louise Cochrane
Originally Transmitted: 1953 – 1965